Friday Afternoon Wreck Claims Life, Stalls Traffic

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Late Friday afternoon a one-vehicle accident took the life of one individual and stalled traffic on Highway 87 for about two hours.

Identities have not yet been released, but the 1999 Ford Explorer was registered to a Glendale address and the driver was a Hispanic male, according to Frank Valenzuela, public information officer with the Department of Public Safety.

"For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it went off the right side of the road down a 100-foot embankment, ejecting one occupant, who was pronounced dead at the scene," Valenzuela said.

Two others in the vehicle had to be extricated, he said.

"The rescue personnel had a difficult time getting to the vehicle. They had to use lines and cables to reach it," Valenzuela said.

The two individuals in the vehicle were airlifted to Valley hospitals, he said, and their conditions were not known at press time.

"There was a two-mile backup for about two hours (because of the accident)," Valenzuela said.

The incident occurred around 4:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

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